Still reading your horoscope daily? Well, you can stop now. 40-year-long research has concluded that astrology is a load of bunk:
Extensive scientific research over more than 40 years has finally confirmed what many always believed: that astrology is rubbish, and that it is based on the principle of deception. The research began in London in 1958, and has just been published in the current edition of the respected Journal of Consciousness Studies.
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In the course of the study, researchers tracked more than 2,000 people over several decades – most of them born within minutes of each other. According to astrology, the subjects should have had very similar traits. The babies were originally recruited as part of a medical study into how the circumstances of birth can affect future health. More than 2,000 babies born in early March that year were registered and their development monitored at regular intervals.
Researchers looked at more than 100 different characteristics, including occupation, anxiety levels, marital status, aggressiveness, sociability, IQ levels and ability in art, sport, mathematics and reading – all of which astrologers claim can be gauged from birth charts. The scientists failed to find any evidence of similarities between the “time twins”, however. “The test conditions could hardly have been more conducive to success… but the results are uniformly negative,” the research report said.
Yeah, we know that you never really believed in it in the first place . . . but hey, if the scientific community wanted to fund such a large-scale study to prove something that everyone already knows anyway, then I’m all for it. Keeps people employed.
I guess we’ll just have to return to more solid and accepted methods of predicting the future . . . like religion. (I’d love to see the results of the scientific study that takes that one on . . .)